Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Decorations-Framed Art, Covered Books, and a Wooden Sled "Wreath"

I have various Christmas decorations to share with you today.


First up is my framed subway art.

I love finding these free printables on blogs or Pinterest.
I have a 11x14 picture frame that I use and I always paint a matching mat for the subway art.
Here is the link to this subway art.

I also like to print and frame a smaller printable in my kitchen.
For the smaller frames, you could frame your favorite Christmas card or a card you have made.
The next project is covered books.
 I did this for the fall and wanted to do it again for Christmas.
I just took three old Readers Digest books and covered them in leftover Christmas scrapbook paper from last year (My Minds Eye Lost and Found Christmas)
You can watch the video below to see how I cover my books. Very easy and inexpensive but I love the look of these books in my Christmas decorations.

Next I want to share my wooden sled "wreath" that I made for my front door.

I bought this unfinished wooden sled from Michael's. The wooden #'s came from Hobby Lobby.
 I used the Americana paint color Light Cinnamon. I used a Craft Smart color called Cherry Cobbler on the wooden numbers.
I bought some garland to cut up and use on the sled, red jingle bells, and two mittens.
I painted everything and then used hot glue to apply the #'s, garland, and mittens. I edged everything with Dazzling Metallics Champagne Gold paint. I also sprayed the entire sled with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists in Abdominable Snowman color. This added a layer of sparkle to the sled.
I love this on my door and since it is a sled, I think I am going to leave this on the door through winter.
Here is my video showing you everything up close and in detail.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Canvas

I have one last Thanksgiving project to share and it is a beautiful Thanksgiving canvas.

This was my first time completing a canvas project, so I don't have any before pictures. I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out and didn't know if I would be sharing the completed project.
I love how it turned out and am so happy to have it displayed in my home for Thanksgiving.
I started with a blank 12x12 white canvas. I had one solid sheet of paper leftover from the Authentique Thankful collection. I also had a few scrap pieces of paper leftover from my previous Thanksgiving projects that I wanted to use up.
I used matte Mod Podge to glue down the 12x12 sheet of paper. I painted the sides of the canvas and edge of the paper using DecoArt Dazzling Metallic paint in Rich Espresso and Champagne Gold.
For the quilted pumpkin, I found a pumpkin template on Google images and printed it out on heavy white card stock. I cut my scraps into squares and glue them down over the pumpkin stencil. I then cut out the pumpkin shape and the stem. For the stem, I layered a piece of burlap, canvas, and paper.
For the bottom of the canvas, I painted some cardboard and cut out a lot of leaves in different items to create some texture. I used Ten Second Studio Metal, canvas, burlap, paper, and brown paper bag.
I embellished with various stickers from the Authentique Thankful collection sticker sheet and some chipboard birds from Studio Calico.
Here are more pictures. 
To see the project and hear more about the details, please see my YouTube video below.
I had fun making this project and hope you enjoyed looking at it.

If you are in the United States, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! I am truly grateful to all of you for viewing my blog and taking the time to view my projects! I appreciate you all so much!!

Here is the YouTube video with more details and an up close view.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Fall Altered Bird Houses

I want to share with you my cute Fall altered bird houses.

I love altering the plain wooden bird houses that you can find at Hobby Lobby and Michael's.
Here they are before.
Here is a close-up of the paint colors I used.  Love these colors!!
These are easy to alter. I just painted them and cut my paper to size to fit on the houses. 
I used the Authentique Thankful paper collection and some of the stickers from the sticker sheet.
I raided my stash of fall goodies and decorated the bottoms with raffia, leaves, pumpkins, acorns, and pine cones.
The middle pieces are chalkboards. They were in a 2 pack at World Market/Cost plus. I painted them in coordinating colors (Americana Brand Autumn Red and Persimmon). I used letter stickers on them instead of messing with chalk. The trees and birds are from a Maya Road chipboard bird/trees set that I altered with paper and paint.
Here are more pictures!
Here they are on my entry way table. I can't decide where to keep them, but this is where they are at right now.
Here is my YouTube video showing you everything in detail.
Thanks for looking!
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Thanksgiving Sign

Today I have a Thanksgiving Sign that I want to share with you.

Here are the supplies that I used.
The paper is from Authentique Thankful collection. The chipboard banner shapes are from Maya Road. The tulle, paint, and coaster are from Michael's.
I painted the scallop banner in the Dazzling Metallic Rich Espresso Paint. I used the Champagne Gold to edge the coaster.

I found this set of coasters at Michael's and just loved the look of them and had to use one in a project.
I covered the regular banner piece with the scrapbook paper and edged it with the Champagne Gold paint.
I then glued the banner pieces together. I used tacky/sticky tape to adhere the coaster to the chipboard. I then finished off the piece with embellishments from my stash. The quote, family, and friends stickers came from the Authentique Thankful sticker sheet. The bird is a chipboard piece from Studio Calico. I painted it in the Champagne Gold paint. The rose, bauble and gems are from Making Memories. The ribbon is from my stash.
I love how this turned out and decided to keep it in my scrapbook room.
The sticker says, "I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual..." Henry David Thoreau
Here is a video showing you everything in detail.
Thanks for looking.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Harvest Banner

I have a "harvest" banner to share with you today.

I love making banners, but they are so hard to photograph!
I love decorating my antique hall tree but I didn't have a Thanksgiving banner so I made this one that says "harvest." 

I will have close up's of each letter at the end of the blog.
For my banner, I hand cut the banner shape from medium weight chipboard. My size is roughly 4x6.
I used the new paper collection called Thankful from Authentique.
I cut the paper to fit each  banner and glued them down  I punched holes into each banner and added some We R Memory keepers eyelets.
At this point, you can just add your letters. I like to layer so I cut some doily shapes and scalloped ovals.
All of the supplies are shown in more detail in the video below.
To embellish the banner, I added stickers from the sticker sheet in the paper collection and some ribbon from my stash.  I used brown tulle to string the banner. I also covered each letter in Golden Rod stickles.
Here is a snapshot of each letter.
Here is the video. This will show you all of the supplies used, how I used them, and a closer look at the banner.
I hope you enjoyed my banner. Thank you for looking.

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